John Muckler

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John Muckler
Born (1934-04-13) April 13, 1934 (age 80)
Midland, ON, CAN
Current position Senior Advisor
Current team Phoenix Coyotes
Previous team(s) Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres
New York Rangers
Stanley Cup wins 5
Years as a coach 1950s–2000
Years as an NHL coach 1989–2000

John Muckler (born April 13, 1934) is a professional hockey coach and executive, most recently serving as the general manager of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Muckler has over 50 years of professional hockey experience as a part owner, general manager, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations, head coach, assistant coach and player. He has been a part of five Stanley Cup championships in various roles.

Bio[edit]

Born in Midland, Ontario in 1934,[1] and raised in Paris, Ontario, Muckler was a defenceman in the minor leagues for 13 seasons, playing the bulk of his career in the old Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

Muckler began his professional coaching career as a player/coach in 1959 with the EHL's New York Rovers. He then spent the next 20 years in off-ice positions with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks before joining the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers organization in 1981. During those 20 years, Muckler served briefly as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1968–69, and won multiple regular-season titles, playoff championships and league coach-of-the-year honours in the minor leagues. For his successes, The Sporting News named him the top coach in minor-league hockey in 1979.

While with the Oilers, Muckler served as an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup winners under head coach/general manager Glen Sather in 1984 and 1985. After the 1984-85 season, Sather began splitting most coaching duties with Muckler, who was named assistant head coach. He would win two more Cups in 1987 and 1988. When Sather decided to relinquish his coaching duties in 1989, Muckler was promoted to head coach and led the club to its fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990.

In 1991, Muckler left the Oilers organization and was hired by the Buffalo Sabres. Initially the club's director of hockey operations, he soon accepted the team's head coaching position and guided the Sabres for the next four seasons. He also assumed the role of Sabres' general manager in 1993. A finalist for the NHL coach of the year award in 1994, Muckler stepped down from coaching in 1995 to focus on his front-office duties and was named "NHL Executive of the Year" by The Sporting News for the 1996–97 season.[2] Sabres President Larry Quinn fired Muckler in the 1997 offseason.

Muckler last worked in the NHL as head coach of the New York Rangers from 1997 to 2000. His career coaching record is 276–288–84, combined with a 233–167–53–7 career record as an NHL general manager, and he has been involved in more than 2,000 professional games in varying roles. His résumé also includes three appearances at the National Hockey League All-Star Game and two appearances (1984 and 1987) on the coaching staff of the Canada Cup-winning Team Canada.

Muckler joined the Ottawa Senators as GM in June 2001, and presided over what was arguably the team's most successful period. The team ultimately reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 but lost to the Anaheim Ducks in a five game series. Despite this success, the Senators announced that Muckler had been fired on June 18, 2007. Head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to replace him.

Muckler was hired as a Senior Advisor with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes in September 2008.[3]

Personal[edit]

  • John is married to wife Audrey and they have 5 children.

Career statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1949–50 Detroit Hettche IHL 32 3 4 7 24 3 0 0 0 6
1950–51 Detroit Hettche IHL 14 0 0 0 28 -- -- -- -- --
1951–52 Windsor Spitfires OHA 48 2 3 5 0
1952–53 Galt Black Hawks OHA 54 6 16 22 0
1953–54 Galt Black Hawks OHA Statistics Unavailable
1954–55 Chatham Maroons OHASr 7 0 1 1 0
1955–56 Vancouver Canucks WHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1955–56 Baltimore Clippers / Charlotte Rebels EHL 62 11 34 45 82 -- -- -- -- --
1956–57 Charlotte Checkers EHL 62 7 45 52 126 13 1 3 4 8
1957–58 Charlotte Clippers EHL 61 9 35 44 51 14 1 3 4 10
1958–59 Charlotte Clippers EHL 64 9 23 32 64 -- -- -- -- --
1959–60 New York Rovers EHL 64 8 25 33 105 -- -- -- -- --
1960–61 New York Rovers EHL 64 7 23 30 128 -- -- -- -- --
1961–62 Long Island Ducks EHL 68 10 26 36 99
1962–63 Long Island Ducks EHL 50 3 21 24 93

NHL coaching statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank Result
MIN 1968–69 35 6 23 6 - (51) 6th in West Missed playoffs
EDM 1989–90 80 38 28 14 - 90 2nd in Smythe Won Stanley Cup
EDM 1990–91 80 37 37 6 - 80 3rd in Smythe Lost in Conference Finals
BUF 1991–92 52 22 22 8 - (74) 3rd in Adams Lost in first round
BUF 1992–93 84 38 36 10 - 86 4th in Adams Lost in second round
BUF 1993–94 84 43 32 9 - 95 4th in Northeast Lost in first round
BUF 1994–95 48 22 19 7 - 51 4th in Northeast Lost in first round
NYR 1997–98 25 8 15 2 - (68) 5th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
NYR 1998–99 82 33 38 11 - 77 4th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
NYR 1999–2000 78 29 35 11 3 77 4th in Atlantic (fired)
Total 648 276 285 84 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2006). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2006. Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc. p. 102. 
  2. ^ "www.oilersheritage.com". www.oilersheritage.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Wren Blair
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
1968
Succeeded by
Wren Blair
Preceded by
Glen Sather
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
1989–91
Succeeded by
Ted Green
Preceded by
Rick Dudley
Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
1991–95
Succeeded by
Ted Nolan
Preceded by
Colin Campbell
Head coach of the New York Rangers
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Ron Low
Preceded by
Marshall Johnston
General Manager of the Ottawa Senators
2001–07
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Preceded by
Gerry Meehan
General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres
199397
Succeeded by
Darcy Regier